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About PlaceWorks:

Based in California, PlaceWorks is one of the premier planning, design and environmental firms in the U.S. The firm’s expertise and services span a wide range of planning, design, science and engineering, economics, environmental analysis, and community outreach disciplines. Government agencies, corporations, developers, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations across the country rely on PlaceWorks to consistently provide thoughtful, accurate and thorough solutions to their most complex problems.

PlaceWorks has a collaborative, entrepreneurial, flexible, and fast-paced work environment which offers employees interesting and diverse project work, training and professional development, career growth opportunities, work-life balance, and the chance to work amongst industry leaders, practice area founders, and supportive, friendly, creative, skilled, and dedicated colleagues.

PlaceWorks is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and adheres to a policy of making employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, or any other protected category covered by state and federal laws. Opportunities for employment with PlaceWorks depend solely on the individual’s experience, skills, and qualifications.

Title – Position:



Los Angeles

Job Description:

PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time Project Planner to join the Community, Planning and Design Team in the Los Angeles Office. We are seeking a planner that is passionate about their work, creative in their approach, enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment, and is deeply committed to providing planning and community outreach services that help shape and improve communities. The Community, Planning and Design Team works collaboratively and across disciplines on projects involving planning policy, comprehensive planning, and assisting in community outreach. Our office is fast-paced and planners may work on several projects at a time.

he ideal candidate would have 2 – 4 years of experience in planning. The Project Planner will apply planning knowledge to produce documents, coordinate presentation materials, conduct research, prepare outreach meeting materials, provide workshop assistance, and facilitating small group discussion in order to assist project teams and other staff members on a variety of public and private sector planning projects. The Project Planner may also be responsible for administrative components of project management on small and mid-sized projects. Types of project work includes: general and specific plans, planning policy, transportation projects, and local/regional transportation plans. The candidate must possess excellent writing skills and have experience in community outreach and public speaking, as well as experience with geospatial and demographic analysis.

Responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Executes multiple assignments with multiple project managers.
  • Coordinates and produces final products, graphics, and presentations.
  • Writes, formats, and proof-reads sections of proposals, statements of qualifications, marketing material, and project documents (including editing materials from sub-consultants), with oversight from the project manager or other staff.
  • May complete some aspects of project management on small to mid-sized projects. Examples include, but are not limited to: contract management; status reports; billing reviews; file/document management; writing and formatting sections of proposals.
  • Assists at community meetings by presenting work, preparing meeting materials, assembling and setting up outreach supplies, taking notes, and facilitating small group discussions (these meetings may occur on weekday nights and weekends).
  • Conducts research and compiles data as required by the project.
  • Analyzes project research/data, spots issues, and synthesizes ideas into meaningful outputs and solutions.
  • Performs site visits as needed.
  • Expands knowledge and keeps up with best practices with respect to the position.


  • Currently pursuing a 4-year college degree (Bachelor’s degree) or a Master’s degree in civil or transportation engineering, urban planning, or related field is required.
  • An undergraduate student with no more than one academic year before earning a Bachelor’s degree; a graduate student during first or second year of the Master’s program.
  • Minimum 4-year college degree (Bachelor’s degree); Bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, public administration, urban design, or related field is preferred.
  • Masters degree in related field is a plus.
  • 2 – 4 years of related experience performing the responsibilities listed above.
  • Strong public speaking skills and presentation abilities are required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required.
  • Proficiency using specialized applications is desirable, but not required. Specialized applications include: Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Rhino, SketchUp.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with project work and meet stated client-initiated deadlines.
  • Able to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment with other team members such as planners, urban designers, landscape architects, economists, environmental planners, and other specialists.

Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Samples

Total e-mail size, including attachments, must not be larger than 10 MB.


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